“Hits and Misses” for Sharks at Kings 3/24/11

Result:  SHARKS 3, Kings 4  {Shootout}

San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski battles for the puck in front of Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick during the third period Thursday night. Photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports.

HITS

Patrick Marleau – Marleau had himself a three point night, including two huge third period goals, one of which came with 3.2 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 3-3, and now has 20 points {11 goals, nine assists} in his last 14 games.  Marleau’s first goal of the game, his 32nd of the season, came at 16:28 of the third period that tied the game at 2-2.  Marleau picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, used his speed to carry the puck into the Kings zone and fired a bullet of a shot from just inside the top face-off circle that beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick on the blocker side.  Marleau’s second goal of the game, his 33rd of the season, came with just 3.2 seconds remaining in the game, which was the amount of time added back to the game clock after the referees missed the puck going out of play.  With the face-off in the neutral zone and Sharks goalie Antti Niemi pulled for an extra skater, the Sharks jumped the face-off and got the puck into the Kings zone.  After the Sharks were able to maintain possession in the Kings zone, Sharks forward Logan Couture threw a puck at the front of net from the near face-off circle that bounced off of Sharks captain Joe Thornton‘s skate and over to Marleau, who had slid away from the net and was able to pick up the loose puck and score to force overtime.

Joe Pavelski – “The Big Pavelski” scored his 100th career NHL goal (17th goal of the season) at 0:35 of the second period on the Power Play to give him a new career high in points with 60 {17 goals, 43 assists}.  With carry over time on Kings forward Jarret Stoll‘s “slashing” penalty from the first period, Marleau shot-faked a shot from the Kings blue-line and with his head up, fired a pass down to the far face-off circle, where Pavelski was able to get his stick on the puck and deflect it into the net for the goal.

Antti Niemi – Making his 30th consecutive start in net for the Sharks, Niemi stopped 35-out-of-38 shots and was the reason why the Sharks were only down 2-1 at the end of the second period when it could have easily been 5-1.

Power Play – For the ninth consecutive game, the Sharks scored a goal with the man advantage and snapped the Kings streak of 35 consecutive Penalty Kills.

Logan Couture/Douglas Murray – Both Couture and Murray finished with a team high five hits.

Sharks Team – Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Sharks found a way to earn at least one point in the first game of their eight game stand against Pacific Division rivals.  With the point, the Sharks remain in first place of the Pacific Division with 95 points, two ahead of the second place Phoenix Coyotes {whom the Sharks play Saturday night in the desert} and are now tied with the Detroit Red Wings for the second overall seed in the Western Conference with only seven games remaining in their schedule.

MISSES

Sharks Team – Even though the Sharks did earn a point, lets not sugarcoat it too much because the Sharks did not play to the best of their abilities nor did they play a full 60-minute game.  The Sharks were characteristically undisciplined by taking dumb penalties, five total for the game, and were completely outplayed in the second period as they surrendered their one goal lead by allowing two Kings goals in a 1:49 span.  In addition, the Sharks were out-shot 14-4 and out-hustled as the Kings won the races and battles to nearly all the loose pucks in the middle frame.

Penalty Killers – This is one area of the Sharks team that needs to be addressed and cleaned up quickly because for the second game in a row, the Sharks Penalty Killers surrendered at least one goal and have plummeted to 23rd overall in the NHL.  The first goal surrendered by the Penalty Killers at 7:18 of the second period was the result of a fluke bounce from behind the Sharks net that was kicked out to Kings forward Dustin Brown in front, who beat Niemi by jamming the puck into net to tie the game at 1-1.  However, when the Sharks needed their Penalty Killers to come up with a big stop late in the game due to Thornton’s “interference” penalty, the Penalty Killers surrendered a go-ahead goal to Brown with only 1:42 left in the game that put the Kings up 3-2.

Joe Thornton – Not only did Thornton’s ill advised “interference” penalty at 17:05 of the third period result in a Kings goal shortly after Marleau tied the game at 2-2, but what on God’s green earth was he thinking on that botched 2-on-1 opportunity with Pavelski in the second period?  Murray had made a nice play in his own end to get the puck out and up to Thornton, who skated into the Kings zone 2-on-1 with Pavelski.  However, Thornton couldn’t decide if he wanted to shoot or pass the puck and as a result, the play was broken up by the lone Kings player.  I don’t know if Sharks fans were aware of this stat but coming into tonight’s game, Thornton had gone four straight games without registering a shot on goal and when asked by Drew Remenda in the pre-game interview why that was, Thornton responded, “I’m a passer at heart and have Patrick Marleau and Devin Setoguchi on my sides.”

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About Jon Allred

Life long San Jose and Worcester Sharks fan that bleeds teal and black.

Posted on March 24, 2011, in Sports and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I agree with Drew, Jumbo needs to shoot the puck more, that was a lost opportunity when he went in 2-1 with the Big Pavelski. At least with a shot there could be a chance of a rebound for Pavs to get another shot on goal.

    I really expected Niemi to get the night off, back to back games can be tiring. I think this was the one chance he had before the playoffs. He’s been solid, but I’d like to see Nitti in net for at least a couple of games before the postseason.

  2. I agree with Jay Sharky, Niemi’s been under the net for a lot of time and should have a break. And Nitty is a good goalie too, I remember the first matches of the season where everyone preferred Nitty instead of Niemi.
    Apart from that… I have no words to express the last goal from Marleau… that guy should be the captain!

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